Social impact assessments and management plans - Armenia Social impact assessments and management plans - Armenia

Social impact assessments and management plans - Armenia

Social impact assessment calls for a close understanding of the environment and communities around a proposed project. We managed this for Lydian International Ltd in Armenia by carrying out an in-depth analysis of land use by herders around the project and formulating management plans to minimise risks at each operational phase.

Integrating an in-depth SIA within the impact assessment process helped our client meet the needs of project shareholders, including the IFC and EBRD. It addressed issues including employment and skills, restrictions in land access to ecosystems users and effects on tourism to a neighbouring spa town. Part of the work included an extensive study on mine workers' accommodation, ensuring IFC standards on workers' accommodation were met. These reports helped our client to secure increased finance to progress the project further.

This high profile project involved extensive consultation and disclosure of information to stakeholders, as well as the integration of community development projects as mitigation measures.